Baseball Hosts Milwaukee for Three-Game Set
March 21, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team prepares for its second straight weekend of Horizon League action as the Flames entertain Milwaukee for a three-game series, beginning on Friday at 2 p.m. CT. Games two and three will be played as a doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Flames and the Panthers sit atop the conference standings with an identical record of 2-1 after the opening weekend of league play.
Milwaukee enters the series with a 6-10 overall mark after taking two-of-three at Wright State last weekend. The Panthers are paced at the plate by Michael Porcaro with a league-leading .419 batting average as teammate Derek Peake isn’t far behind with a .383 hitting mark, good for third in the conference. UWM began the season strong by splitting a four-game series at New Mexico State and put up a tough fight versus No. 20 Miami, losing the series finale 7-6. The trio of games will be Milwaukee’s final road tests before opening up at home on March 26.
The Flames have been at Les Miller Field since dropping an extra-inning game at #2 Vanderbilt on March 2. This past week, UIC had to cancel their road trip to Purdue on Tuesday and reschedule a Wednesday home game against Edgewood due to cold temperatures. The series will be the Flames’ eighth, ninth and 10th straight home games.
Sophomore Tyler Detmer has come on as of late for UIC and earned CollegeSportsMadness.com’s Horizon League Player of the Week this past Monday. In five games last week Detmer hit .467 (7-of-15) and tacked on five runs. He pilots the Flames with a .382 batting average which ranks fourth among all conference batters.
Friday’s starter for UIC will be sophomore Tomas Michelson as he will square off against UWM senior Jake Long. Michelson carries a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.51, while Long is the reigning HL Pitcher of the Week.
Fans, be sure to listen to all the live action be clicking here! Sam Panayotovich will be on the call Friday and Justin Weiner will bring you doubleheader action on Saturday.